Timothy J. Jorgensen is a professor of radiation medicine and director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program at Georgetown University. His scientific expertise is in experimental radiation biology, epidemiology, and public health, and his research interests include the genetic determinants of cellular radiation resistance and the genes that modify the risk of cancer. He is author of the award-winning book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, which explores the science and history of radiation use from the discovery of x-rays to the deployment of nuclear weapons (Princeton University Press; 2016). Timothy holds a PhD in radiation health and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and is board certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). He is also a consociate member of the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements (NCRP), an avid fly fisherman, and an enthusiastic home brewer. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.
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